Core Team

Victoria Reyes-García

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Research Professor and LICCI director

Petra Benyei

Postdoctoral researcher

Rural sociologist interested in the interface between science and technology studies and political agroecology

André Braga Junqueira

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher interested in ethnoecology, historical ecology and indigenous resource management systems

Mouna Chambon

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist and social scientist interested in gendered perceptions of climate change Impacts.

David García del Amo

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher interested in climate change and Indigenous and kocal knowledge

Xiaoyue Li

Postdoctoral researcher

Applied environmental anthropologist

Laura Calvet-Mir

Research coordinator

Environmental scientist interested in biocultural diversity, agroecology, and political ecology.

Vincent Porcher

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist interested in ethnobotany and children’s ecological knowledge

Anna Porcuna Ferrer

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental biologist interested in agroecology, ethnobotany, and local ecological knowledge

Anna Schlingmann

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental scientist investigating local climate change impacts and adaptation strategies

Ramin Soleymani

Software engineer

Computer scientist interested in open science, citizen science, environmental activism and art

Santiago Alvarez Fernandez

Data Scientist

Marine biologist and expertise in data handling and statistical analyses.

Ouerle Chao

Ph.D. researcher

Anthropologist interested in climate change impacts on Mongolian culture, traditional knowledge.

Ethical Advisor

Michael Schönhuth

(Dr. phil in Cultural Anthropology, 1989, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br.) is the Ethics Adviser of LICCI. He is a specialist in the field of anthropologically oriented network analysis. Empirically his research focuses on Africa, India, Russia and the Caucasus. His scholarly interests are migration regimes, development anthropology, and the ethical and socio-cultural dimensions of anthropology. He also has strong methodological foundations in the field of network analysis and participatory learning and research approaches.

Research Advisors

Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares Onrubia 

(Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, 2015, Autonomous University of Barcelona) is an ethnoecologist based at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, the University of Helsinki, Finland. Most of his research focuses on the study of indigenous and local knowledge systems and the application of biocultural approaches to conservation and climate change adaptation. He has participated in international research projects in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Madagascar and has conducted more than 25 months of ethnographic fieldwork, mostly with Indigenous communities. He has co-authored over 35 scientific articles and is a Fellow of the IPBES Global Assessment.

Vanesse Labeyrie 

(Ph.D. in Population Biology, 2013, Montpellier SupAgro) is a researcher at the GREEN research unit in CIRAD, Montpellier, working at the interface between agroecology and ethnoecology. Currently, she is a visiting researcher at ICTA-UAB, funded by the French National Research Agency.* In the LICCI project, she is in charge of a thematic group analysing the relations between crop diversity management and climate change. Her research aims to understand how rural populations in the tropics manage plant diversity in agricultural landscapes and how to deal with the spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability of their environment. She is particularly interested in understanding how biological resources and agroecological knowledge circulate through social networks and how the properties of these networks influence agroecosystems’ resilience in the face of global changes. Her current projects are based in diversified agroecosystems in Madagascar and Senegal.

Christoph Schunko

(Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 2016, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna) is Assistant Professor at the Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. In his research, he focuses on ecological and socio-cultural sustainability of wild plant gathering. He adopts multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives from ethnobotany and organic farming and gained ample experience through working in several projects in European and non-European countries, rural and urban areas and on commercial and non-commercial gathering. In his collaboration with LICCI, he works on local climate-related indicators for wild plant gathering and the impact of a changing climate on gathering practices.

Sonia Graham

(Ph.D. in Sociology, 2012, Charles Sturt University, Australia) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research investigates environmental collective action, justice and values. She is passionate about social research methods and teaches a variety of quantitative and qualitative social research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her current project at ICTA is investigating international examples of collective adaptation to sea-level rise. In her collaboration with LICCI, she works on understanding the “bright spots” that show why and how local and indigenous communities adapt to climate change.

Sandrine Gallois

(Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Ethnoecology, 2016, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and National Museum of Natural History, France) is a ethnoecologist based at Leiden University, Netherlands. Her research focuses mostly on human-environment relations including local ecological knowledge and knowledge acquisition in a context of global changes. She has conducted extensive fieldwork amongst indigenous people in Peru and Cameroon. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her areas of interest are biocultural diversity, cultural transmission, childhood, ethnobotany, social-ecological systems and science-policy interface.

Visiting researcher

Jane Mbolle Chah

(Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension, Rural Sociology). She has a position in the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her major interest is to uplift rural poverty by improving their livelihoods. She has been a coordinator of the Department of Agricultural Extension Outreach Programme which main goal is to disseminate information on climate change to farmers. She has worked with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project sponsored by the World Bank with the goal of achieving agricultural growth and increased food production and availability in West Africa. Jane has completed a certificate course on Building Community Resilience at the Coady Institute Canada. At the moment she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the sponsorship of Mujeres por Africa Foundation at ICTA-UAB Spain. At ICTA she is working with the LICCI team. During her stay, Jane will conduct research on Gender Dynamics of Investment on Climate-Smart Agriculture among Smallholder Farm Households in Nigeria. 

Research assistant

Joey Ngunu

Marine biologist interested in marine biodiversity, adaptation of marine ecosystems to climate change, science communication and marine photography.

Joey Ngunu holds a BSc in marine biology and fisheries from Pwani University, Kenya. He has inclusive academic interests in marine ecology, ichthyology, study of marine apex predators, biostatistical programs and marine photography. He has kin interest with communication science for biological oceanography. Since 2020, he is under studentship with the Billfish-WIO project funded by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) . For this project he has done research on the historical records of billfish in the sport fishing industry along the Kenyan coast. He is also an intern at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute in Mombasa, Kenya. He is currently contributing to LICCI data collection focusing on marine fisheries in target regions of the South Coast of Kenya through a gender perspective.


We currently have no interns – get in touch, if you are interested

Previous members

Huran Tonalli Drouet Cruz, marine ethnoecology intern, 2021

Tisma Rahman Ahmed, Environment and Development intern, 2021

Francesca Borgeshi, International Development Studies intern, 2021

Gaitán Estupiñá, Social and Cultural Anthropology intern, 2021

Marta Rosell Codina, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2021

Marijn Zant, International Land & Water Management intern, 2020

Tracy Appiah, Political Sciences intern, 2020

Guillem Ribó, Social Sciences intern, 2020

Miquel Monés Perderzini, Environmental Sciences intern, 2020

Johanna Marthe Winkelmann, OpenTEK citizen science platform intern, 2020

Clara Vadez, LICCI data analysis intern, 2020

Alexandra Castañeda, OpenTEK citizen science platform intern, 2020

Marina Sabaté, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Marta Rallo, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Angelo Fossati, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Irene Martínez Sanesteban, politics intern, 2019-2020

Francesca Lesi, environmental policy intern, 2019-2020

Marzia Panaccione, climate studies intern, 2019-2020

Corinne Drouin, project manager, 2018-2019

Claudia Geffner Fuenmayor, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Ana Lleida Añón, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Elisabet Marcos Furones, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Denise Margaret S. Matias, post-doctoral research fellow, 2018-2019

Konstantina Gravani, doctoral research fellow, 2018